Review: How to Stuff Up Christmas by Rosie Blake

The Blurb

‘Tis the season to be jolly. Unless you’ve found an intimate picture of another woman on your fiance’s phone…

Eve is heartbroken after discovering her fiance is cheating on her. Being surrounded by the joys of Christmas is more than Eve can bear, so she chooses to avoid the festivities by spending Christmas alone on a houseboat in Pangbourne. Eve gets gets an unexpected seasonal surprise when handsome local vet Greg comes to her rescue one day, and continues to visit Eve’s boat on a mission to transform her from Kitchen Disaster Zone to Culinary Queen.

But where does Greg keep disappearing to? What does Eve’s best friend Daisy know that she isn’t telling? And why is there an angry goose stalking Eve’s boat?

A hilarious and heart-warming novel about Christmas, catastrophes and cooking, containing exclusive Christmas recipes, from the talented Rosie Blake.

The Review

Rosie Blake’s Christmas novel How to Stuff Up Christmas is delightful. Let me just get that out of the way. I. Loved. It!

The story is about Eve; a broken hearted woman who is facing her first Christmas alone since she found out that her ex-fiance had been cheating on her. It is difficult. Rather than facing Christmas head on she decides to run away; not literally, she is a grown woman after all. She decided to pretend Christmas isn’t happening and instead has started a course and moved onto a houseboat.

Some may think that this is a bit extreme but meh. We have all been there. I know that I have. You see, that is what is really great about How to Stuff Up Christmas; the situation and the heartache that Eve is facing is real. It feels real and most of us have been there.

Eve is essentially mending her broken heart. She has been scorned and has all this hatred for a faceless enemy and she cannot resolve her feelings. Enter Greg. Ahhh Greg. Everyone who has ever faced heartache should have a Greg. Greg is the local vet and quite by chance he and Eve develop a friendship.

All great love stories start there.

Essentially, Rosie Blake’s How to Stuff Up Christmas is about healing. It is about how the old adages ‘time is a great healer’ and ‘the best way to get over somebody is to…(well you get the picture)’ are true. You cannot help but fall in love with Blake’s cast of characters and her unfortunately well-to-known-in-real-life storyline.

How to Stuff Up Christmas is a warm, lovely festive read that will melt your frost tipped fingers. Buy it, read it and enjoy it. That is an order.

How to Stuff Up Christmas by Rosie Blake

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